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$1500 or so gaming rig

Approximate Purchase Date: Late July/early August

Budget Range: 1200-1600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movie/TV show, everyday stuff.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: U.S.A

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Would like a blu ray player.

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: In future

Monitor Resolution: Need a monitor.

Additional Comments: This will be my first time building a computer, so maybe something newbie friendly?
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  1. Sure. What kind of games?

    Are you an experienced gamer? Do you like flashy or conservative cases?
  2. cpu: i7 3770
    gpu: gtx 670
    motherboard: ASUS Maximus V Gene LGA 1155 Intel Z77
    hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB
    SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB
    The total for this is $1,180 and it can handle any game on the market currently and probably for the next few years.
    Everything else you would need would add up to $300-$400
  3. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8DSv

    here is 1400 dollar build. it is kind of newbie friendly as it has a modular power supply. you probably don't need the hyper 212 but i included it just because it is slightly quieter and will give better temps
  4. willze7 said:
    cpu: i7 3770
    gpu: gtx 670
    motherboard: ASUS Maximus V Gene LGA 1155 Intel Z77
    hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB
    SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB
    The total for this is $1,180 and it can handle any game on the market currently and probably for the next few years.
    Everything else you would need would add up to $300-$400



    no need for an i7 save some money and go with an i5

    for gaming it will be the same, you get i7 if you are really into something like video rendering/video editting

    Asus maximus V is a micro MOBO, do not get it, it is for more of a small build with lots of things available to it.

    go for a full ATX mobo it will have just as much as maximus at a lower price

    don't go OCZ 3, go for the newer one OCZ 4, if you want reliability go for Cruical M4

    Change HDD to Spinpoint f3 since you already got a SSD

    blu ray http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135252

    if you do not want overclocking do not buy a CPU that ends in a "k" to save money

    something newb friendly? get a modular 600-700 PSU for easy cable management

    mobo: ASrock extreme4 is a very good choice and can SLI in the future
  5. Here are the lists of games I am interested in. Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Torchlight 2, Anno 2070, Tribes: Ascend, Planetside 2, Legend of Grimrock, Dishonored, Diablo 3, Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm, and Far Cry 3.

    I am/was a pretty serious 360 player, but want to "convert: to pc gaming.
  6. for those kinds of games you can max it pretty good with just a $1000 build

    people tend to go more if they want to keep buying newer games

    like i seen people go $2000 builds and they are still playing old games, its like a very big waste on them as they are saying
    "oh i spent all my money on the computer so i'm just going to play my old games"
  7. boulbox said:
    for those kinds of games you can max it pretty good with just a $1000 build

    people tend to go more if they want to keep buying newer games

    like i seen people go $2000 builds and they are still playing old games, its like a very big waste on them as they are saying
    "oh i spent all my money on the computer so i'm just going to play my old games"


    But I do need a monitor and blu ray player though.
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  9. Ah I missed the Blu-ray player, but that should give you a good idea when compared to the others.

    If you are going to play Blu-rays, you also have to factor in the cost of software.
  10. Proximon said:


    lol you have 1 item in there that is more money than the whole build just saying

    also he put no OC so u can save him some money and go without the "K"

    even tho OC is a nice availability

    i myself would go combo an ASrock extreme4 with a 500R just my preference because i like white cases a lot more than some of the blacks ones(few exceptions)
  11. Torne said:
    Do I need a solid state drive?


    you do not need it but it is a nice choice of having something like that in your case

    boot times are faster responses are faster

    i myself for a 1.5k build with a monitor would take a 1TB HDD like a nice quality one such as WD caviar black
  12. At that price range I would advise it. You don't "need" any of that of course :)

    An SSD will dramatically speed up boot times and level loads in games that are on that drive. It will also drastically speed up installation times when you are installing to that drive. it will not USUALLY improve frame rates, but may appear to improve some games that load content on the fly.
  13. http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Tower-Gaming-Computer/dp/B0055Q7BR4/ref=sr_1_4?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1337654845&sr=1-4 $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - CC-9011011-WW

    http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/carbide-series-400r-mid-tower-case.html <----- another look at that case along with links to professional reviews

    http://www.amazon.com/PC-Power-Cooling-Performance-compatible/dp/B003U29C3Q/ref=sr_1_2?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1337653954&sr=1-2 $93.49 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

    http://www.guru3d.com/news/pc-power-and-cooling-silencer-mkii-750w-psu-review/ <----- review of that psu

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.909586 $309.98 save: $15.00 - $20.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING
    ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
    Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450

    http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z77V_LK/ <----- another look at that board

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226191 $44.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996995

    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Internal-ST1000DM003/dp/B005T3GRNW/ref=sr_1_5?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1337655098&sr=1-5 $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

    http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-SSDNow-120GB-Solid-KW-S2120-4B/dp/B007B6YP9I/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335686396&sr=1-3 $114.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Kingston SSDNow V+200 120GB SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5 Inch Solid State Drive KW-S2120-4B

    http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1874/ <----- review of that Kingston 120GB SSD

    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-12XReadable-DVD-Writable-SH-B123L-BSBP/dp/B003XIM3QK/ref=dp_cp_ob_e_title_2 $73.70 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Samsung Blu-Ray Combo Internal 12XReadable and DVD-Writable Drive with Lightscribe SH-B123L/BSBP

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%20600315498%20600311820&IsNodeId=1&name=GeForce%20GTX%20670 $400
    gtx 670

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5818/nvidia-geforce-gtx-670-review-feat-evga <----- gtx 670 review with benchmarks

    http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I/ref=pd_bxgy_e_text_c $96.48 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

    http://www.amazon.com/Asus-VS238H-P-23-Inch-LED-Monitor/dp/B005BZNEVQ $164.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Asus VS238H-P 23-Inch LED Monitor | LED Backlit with 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio; Full 1080P with HDMI

    Total: $1,498.59 *not including rebates
  14. Best answer selected by Torne.
  15. Don't miss those suggestions from Why_me, there's good ones in there :)

    Work over all of these lists and you'll end up with a very good system at a great price.
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